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South Africa Project Launch in Belgium
Wisehub 2019

Initiative in Agriculture for South African Young People

1 August, 2019, BRUSSELS

January 2020 will see the commencement of a unique project where young people from the Southern Cape region in South Africa will participate in a Learn-And-Earn initiative.

Funding applications for this youth development program is in its final phases and the launch date of 25 October 2019 have been finalized, taking place in George, SOUTH AFRICA.

For all the talk about 'changing how (we) grow food ... the use of Drones, satellite imagery, and precision farming ... the role of technology to improve costs, yield, and other key factors', it is the workforce and skilled management of farming for South Africa's future that presents a worrying risk.

Seeking to address that dilemma, this initiative will:

  • Create an enabling environment where young people are familiarized with the entire agricultural value chain, build a reliable database of relevant knowledge, add to knowledge and skills that immediately leads to employment opportunities and nurture personal development and self-mastery skills..
  • Provide training in collaboration and partnership within Farming, Processing & Packaging, Seedling Growing, Fertilizer Producing and Blending, Farming Equipment while collaborating with National, Municipal regulations together with Technology & Agriculture and International besst practices exchange opportunities. .
  • Demonstrate a transferable model to comprehensively address youth unemployment in the context of addressing real solutions for dealing with the threats to food security in South Africa, the continent and the world.

New Funding Priority for 2019-2020

#AccountabilityThinking redirects funding priorities for the Academy

12 April, 2019, BRUSSELS

After the visit by 4 School Principals from South Africa to Sweden and Belgium, Learning Academy Worldwide's priorities for research and implementation have been directed at School Gardens, Teacher Development and Youth Development within Health.

Over the next 6 months the Academy will explore funding support within these three priorities for both research and implementation in the South African context.

The six schools targeted for these initiatives include: Kerria Primary School, Kwavulindlebe School for the Deaf, Siphosethu Primary School, Parkview Primary School, Klipfontein Primary School and Sefako Mapogo Makgatho Primary School.

The aims are to strategically position:

  • School gardens as laboratories for study and exploration of innovation.
  • Youth researchers as community health data analysts for informed intervention and health monitoring.
  • Teachers as agents of change in creating transforming delivery models of pedagogy.

Wisehub Principals Head for Europe

#AccountabilityThinking takes South African Principals to Sweden and Belgium

Four Primary school principals will spend time in Sweden collaborating with the network of Learning Academy Worldwide within Swedish schools during the last two weeks of March 2019.

As a team, they are familiar with each other as they have gathered reguarly for leadership support since 2014. Meeting annually at the Wisehub Summit, they were challenged during the 2018 event to act boldly in the sphere of collaborative sharing in order to extend their knowledge of best practices. They have been visiting each other's schools and have now embarked on a team initiative that will take them to Sweden.

They will be exploring interventions that can provide useful insights to their own learning environments. The planned sessions with Swedish schools will also serve as platform to help promote their own successes as inspiring examples, highlighting practices that can enhance understanding to those Swedish schools and institutions.

School principals will also have an opportunity to seek partnerships with a designated school(s) in order to even learn from the practices within those schools, the priorities and challenges in that school environment, understanding community and how they measure and assess learning.

Additionally, part of the seminars will be hosted with a school that champions innovative special education needs solutions, including deaf education and, so-called, learning inhibitions. This particular school is in a community that have some striking resemblances to the socio-economic challenges faced in South African schools proximated in high-stakes communities.

The visit to Sweden will provide the Principals with:

  • Improved knowledge of good educational practices
  • Established global partners for reciprocal benefit
  • Student and learner exchange opportunities for multicultural benefits and confidence building
  • Leadership insights for innovative wise leadership in the 21st century school

SA Youth Character Development Shines in the US

19 December, 2018, Brussels, BELGIUM
Learning Academy Worldwide is proud to have been instrumental in enabling the young people within the Lifeskills Portfolio programme in South Africa, to travel to the US for 2 weeks to showcase their talent and advance knowledge of their unique youth character and competence development program.

Accountability for 2019 expected

Read more about Wisehub 2018 - CLICK HERE.